Monday, August 30, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace........weed or beauty? I guess it's in the eye of the beholder, but I happen to think they are very beautiful . If you drive along the country roads in the spring you will see thousands of these beauties swaying in the wind. When hosting a party, I always seen to run out of $ when it comes to the flowers, but I would rather have Queen Anne's Lace than Roses. I have tried many times to move these into my yard, with no success. I have since given up transplanting them and I just enjoy them on the side of the road, and in buckets and vases. They seem to make a statement even though they are so simple. My mother always gathered them and let us choose the different color food coloring. And in the morning, we would have red centered Queen Anne's Lace.


Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Queen Anne's Lace is OK - - - but it has some "sisters" you need to avoid.

Wild Parsnip - - - the flower looks like Queen Anne only a pale yellow-green. It grows taller than QA and the leaves are broader, rather like a hand. The OILS of this plant on your skin and exposed to sunlight will give you a nasty chemical burn. If you think you are exposed, shower off immediately. It's best to wear long pants and long sleeves when coming in contact with it.

The other relative is called hogweed. It looks like a GIANT Queen Anne lace - - - the flowers groups are larger than your head and it can be taller than you are. It also causes a sunlight induced chemical burn and can even blind someone.

Just so you know - - -

If you love QA, I'd HATE for you to accidentally get in contact with one of these two "sisters." I speak from personal experience.

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Google them and see what they look like so you can avoid them - - -

jennifer said...

I love Queen Anne's lace. I have used it inside in a bouquet of black eyed susans in a pitcher and it was lovely!

I think I remember Keetha's experience with mean relative of Queen Anne's lace.

Have a wonderful week Jerri!